|Even the cottonball cheeks don't diminish his badassery|
|The lonesome Don|
3. There is nothing more important than family: Over the course of the turbulent decades in which the trilogy takes place one thing remains certain; the importance of family. In one of Part I’s early scenes, the Don is asked to assist his godson, Johnny Fontaine with his floundering singing career. After he addresses the immediate problem of Johnny’s career, he asks if Johnny has been spending time with his family. Although Johnny seems to dismiss his godfather’s inquiry as a casual question, Don Corleone reminds him that “a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man”. In flashbacks to the Don’s early life in Part II, it is revealed that he was driven to pursue the life of a Mafioso not to obtain material wealth or power, but in order to defend his family. During his childhood in Sicily, young Vito suffers the loss of both his father and brother in a local mafia war before witnessing his mother’s murder at the hands of the local Don. After suffering the loss of his family, he vows to protect those closest to him. When he starts his own family in New York, he fulfills the promise he made to himself years earlier by refusing to let his family suffer at the hands of the local mob boss, Fannucci. After Fannucci demands that Vito pay a tribute that his struggling family cannot afford, Vito becomes determined to eliminate Fannucci and the threat that he poses to his family. When he has reached old age in Part I, he reveals to Michael that his goal as Don was to provide a better life for his children in which they would not be forced to answer to local bosses and rely upon violence to survive. This revelation reveals Don Corleoene's unique perspective on family and the American Dream and elevates him from typical mob boss to the complex cinema icon who has continued to captivate audiences for over forty years.
|One big mafia family|